Mountain View Voice

News - May 17, 2013

Community briefs

Assemblyman seeks interns

State Assemblyman Richard Gordon is accepting applications from high school and college students for part-time internships. The office will be looking for students who are community-oriented and have a genuine interest in public service.

Interns will have the opportunity to develop useful job skills, learn about state government and the legislative process and network with professionals in all levels of government, non-profit organizations, and community groups, according to a statement from Gordon's office.

The internship will be unpaid, although, depending on the high school or college program, students may receive school credit.

The deadline to apply is May 27, with an expected start date of June 17. Internships will be based in the Los Altos district office.

Application information is on Gordon's website, www.asmdc.org/members/a24/internships.

Contact Anna Ko for further information at (650) 691-2121 or anna.ko@asm.ca.gov.

Bring Me A Book fundraiser

Mountain View-based Bring Me A Book is hosting the Mad Hatter's Tea event in Atherton on Saturday, May 18, to support its programs.

"Bring Me A Book is an award-winning literacy non-profit organization that is committed to ensuring that all children are exposed to high quality literature," said Mialisa Bonta, the executive director.

Bring Me A Book works with childcare centers, preschools and elementary schools to provide access to quality literacy materials and read-aloud workshops for parents and teachers to advocate reading with children.

These workshops include the Bookcase Library Program, First Teachers Workshops, Take Home Books Programs and Trainings that inspire parents and children in underserved communities to read aloud on a daily basis.

"In the state of California, the numbers of prison cells are determined by how many children are reading at grade level by the third grade," said Bonta. "We cannot deny that there is some correlation between early literacy rates and whether a child's future path will include walking into a prison cell or a college dorm room. We want children to be inspired to read and build foundational literacy skills so that there future is filled with promise."

According to Bonta, Bring Me A Book provides services to approximately 885 classrooms in Santa Clara County. Their programs and services have served over 500,000 children and families throughout California and internationally.

Tickets are $75 adults and $40 children. The event will be held at the Stein Family garden from 2-4 p.m. at 61 Monte Vista Avenue, Atherton.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.bringmeabook.org.

—Samson So

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